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  • PHYTOGENIC BLEND HELPS TO BOOST FEED STRATEGY AND IMPROVE PERFORMANCE

    PHYTOGENIC BLEND HELPS TO BOOST FEED STRATEGY AND IMPROVE PERFORMANCE

    Phytogenic feed additives offer multiple benefits in terms of increased feed intake, improved gut health and – crucially for developing piglets – reduced incidence of diarrhea by Dr Ceinwen Evans, Danisco Animal Nutrition (IFF). With restrictions on the use of in-feed antibiotics introduced in a ...
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  • Importance of body condition scoring in suckler cows

    Importance of body condition scoring in suckler cows

    Avoiding obesity, excessive leanness or large changes in condition in pregnant suckler cows could avoid unnecessary winter feed use and lead to healthier fast-growing calves, new research has found.   Body condition scoring is a rapid way to assess fat coverage of livestock, and in cattle it is s...
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  • How intensive sheep farmers can improve traceability and profit

    How intensive sheep farmers can improve traceability and profit

    Long gone are the days when sheep were produced on sleepy farms where the animals were simply left on the veld for days without having any contact with the farmer. These days, farmers have to manage their flocks with far greater care due to the risks posed by stock theft and predation. Gareth Ang...
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  • Genetic insights could help tackle campylobacter in chicken

    Genetic insights could help tackle campylobacter in chicken

    UK scientists claim they have identified regions in the genetic make-up of chickens that are linked to resistance to Campylobacter. It is estimated that each year, more than 500,000 people in the UK are affected by Campylobacter, the leading bacterial cause of food-borne gastroenteritis in humans...
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  • Livestock Development in Hanoi City, Vietnam—Challenges and Policies

    Livestock Development in Hanoi City, Vietnam—Challenges and Policies

    The rapid urban growth of Hanoi city requires a livestock production system that ensures both food security and the livelihoods of dwellers. This paper reviews the existing policies for livestock production of Hanoi city and the changes in livestock population between 2014 and 2018 and identifies...
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  • Gene-editing breakthrough could end male chick culling

    Gene-editing breakthrough could end male chick culling

    Researchers have used gene editing to create single-sex mice litters, which they could improve animal welfare in the poultry industry. The scientists from the University of Kent’s School of Biosciences and The Francis Crick Institute have used gene editing technology to create female-only and mal...
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  • Farmers need to adopt agroecological practices

    Farmers need to adopt agroecological practices

    An agroecological farming approach – which aims to optimise production while minimising external inputs – is needed if the country is to meet climate and biodiversity targets set by the Scottish Government. However, a survey of farmers found that while Scottish crop farms are ahead of...
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  • Evolving E. coli strains from farm animals to humans

    Evolving E. coli strains from farm animals to humans

    Research suggests that genetic material from E. Coli bacteria in farm animals, including poultry, could be contributing to the evolution of deadly pandemic strains in humans. E. coli usually live as harmless bacteria in the gastrointestinal tracts of birds and mammals but also reside in environme...
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  • Earliest spread of millet agriculture outside China linked to herding livestock

    Earliest spread of millet agriculture outside China linked to herding livestock

    5000 years before the modern rise of millet as a popular grain, this Chinese crop was spread far and wide by ancient food aficionados, not for their plates but instead for their animals, suggests new research from an international collaboration led by Kiel University (Germany) and Washington Univ...
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  • COMMON DISEASES OF SMALL PIG HERDS

    COMMON DISEASES OF SMALL PIG HERDS

    Malnutrition (poor condition) Malnutrition is one of the most important problems of small pig herds The pigs will appear thin and show poor growth The only bones that you should see are the shoulder blades, which should be covered by a layer of flesh so that you cannot actually feel If the backb...
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  • CARBOHYDRASE AND ITS IMPACT ON PIG HEALTHY LIFE

    CARBOHYDRASE AND ITS IMPACT ON PIG HEALTHY LIFE

    The aim of modern pig production is to optimise performance and gain, while seeking a more sustainable way of production. With feed taking up the lion’s share of production costs, it makes sense to get the most out of what is fed. An enzyme can help optimise feed usage – and multiple enzymes can ...
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  • 10 THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW BEFORE STARTING A POULTRY FARM

    10 THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW BEFORE STARTING A POULTRY FARM

    It’s not unusual for new farmers to start out with poultry because of the popular opinion that poultry farming is an easy entry into farming in general. To an extent, this opinion is true. But as an Agric-Tech Information Expert that deals with poultry farmers on a daily basis, we can emphaticall...
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  • 7 FACTORS THAT AFFECT INTAKE AND DIGESTIBILITY IN CATTLE

    7 FACTORS THAT AFFECT INTAKE AND DIGESTIBILITY IN CATTLE

    What are the actors that affect feed intake, digestibility, and utilisation of feed nutrients in cattle? And moreover, how can they be influenced? 7 factors are listed here. 1.   Overfeeding Cattle are adversely affected by overfeeding and often show symptoms of bloat, indigestion, and acute dist...
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  • Researchers use cameras to study the social interactions between cows

    Researchers use cameras to study the social interactions between cows

    Data from sensors, showing the position of the cows, in combination with a video stream taken by cameras installed in the barn, are used to study the behavior of dairy cattle. In a pilot study, at one of Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences´s research barns, Keni Ren and her colleagues sho...
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  • Reducing calves’ castration pain drives research

    Reducing calves’ castration pain drives research

    Reducing or mitigating the pain of castration for male beef calves is one of the main animal welfare concerns in the beef cattle industry today. Canada’s national codes of practice for the care and handling of both beef and dairy cattle recommend that male calves be castrated within the first few...
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  • Environmental mastitis risk during housing

    Environmental mastitis risk during housing

    Udder infections may be picked up from the environment or transmitted from cow to cow (contagious transmission), so understanding the origin of infections can improve the effectiveness of any preventative steps. During this winter housing period take time to consider the risks facing your own her...
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  • Easy test can see if breeding bulls have the right stuff

    Easy test can see if breeding bulls have the right stuff

    Forget sending bull semen out for complicated laboratory tests to learn whether the agricultural animal is highly virile. Soon, a quick and easy method — reminiscent of a home pregnancy test — can tell if a breeding bull has the right stuff. By borrowing from nature, Cornell Universit...
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  • Pig grunts reveal their emotions

    Pig grunts reveal their emotions

    We can now decode pigs’ emotions. Using thousands of acoustic recordings gathered throughout the lives of pigs, from their births to deaths, an international team of researchers is the first in the world to translate pig grunts into actual emotions across an extended number of conditions an...
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  • Wild Meat Vs Livestock Emissions

    Wild Meat Vs Livestock Emissions

    Consuming sustainably sourced wild meat instead of domesticated livestock reduces greenhouse gas emissions and retains precious tropical forest systems, which in turn mitigates the effects of climate change. That’s according to new research from the University of East Anglia (UEA) and Brazi...
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  • Virus-resistant pigs to vastly improve global animal health

    Virus-resistant pigs to vastly improve global animal health

    Researchers at the University of Missouri have successfully produced a litter of pigs that are genetically resistant to a deadly porcine virus. Coronaviruses, highly contagious and widespread viruses known for their distinctive microscopic halos, are responsible for a variety of deadly intestinal...
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  • Pet dogs really do grieve the deaths of other dogs they live with

    Pet dogs really do grieve the deaths of other dogs they live with

    Pet owners may have long suspected it, but now a study has found that nearly 90 per cent of dogs that experienced the death of a “companion” canine in the same household showed negative behaviours in the following months. This included becoming less playful, eating less, being more fearful and se...
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  • Kenya Livestock Commercialization Project Launched In Trans-Nzoia

    Kenya Livestock Commercialization Project Launched In Trans-Nzoia

    A Sh9.6 billion livestock commercialisation project jointly funded by the Government of Kenya and International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) Heifer International has been launched in Trans Nzoia. County Director for Livestock Bashar Elmi said the project, which targets 10 counties, is...
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  • Improved forages empower smallholder women livestock keepers in Kenya and Ethiopia

    Improved forages empower smallholder women livestock keepers in Kenya and Ethiopia

    Climate change is a global challenge that burdens all humanity, but not equally. The rural poor, particularly women, are more affected by climate-related shocks. Women and men in rural areas of sub-Saharan Africa who depend on farming as a primary source of livelihood are considered more vulnerab...
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  • Identification System Set To Improve Value Of Livestock

    Identification System Set To Improve Value Of Livestock

    Livestock sector in Taita Taveta County is set for a significant transformation following the launch of a Livestock Identification and Tracking System (LITS) programme that will support farmers realize maximum returns. The LITS, officially launched at Lualenyi Mifugo Ni Mali Livestock Centre in L...
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